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Please help me get my babies off to a good start!

Posted by origamifox 5 (NE) (My Page) on
Thu, May 25, 06 at 9:42

I've been spending a lot of time lurking here, and have gotten a lot of good information. I have 2 basjoos (ordered as dormant corms in 3" pots) and 2 ensete glaucums (started from seed) that I want to plant outside in my garden. The plants have been sitting out on my deck for a month now, and are about 6" tall. What's the best way to prepare the soil to nourish these babies?

Thanks so much for your help and wisdom!

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RE: Please help me get my babies off to a good start!

You need good well drained soil that is high in organic matter. My recipe is 30% perlite 30% peat and 40% compost. In addition you will want to start a fertilization program. You will want to fertilize them with something like 20-20-20 once every week. I'm sure other members have better soil recipes that they will share, but this is the one I use.

RE: Please help me get my babies off to a good start!

  • Posted by rokal LongIsland/z6b (My Page) on
    Thu, May 25, 06 at 10:38

This is my first year growing bananas but from what I've read they like rich, well drained soil, lots of ferts and water during the growing season.

I ammended my mostly sandy soil with some peat moss, finely shredded leaves, homemade compost, alfalfa meal (fertilizer), and some Soil Moist crystals.

After planting, I covered the bed with 3" of hardwood mulch.

I plan on adding more ferts as the growing season progresses.



RE: Please help me get my babies off to a good start!

Thanks so much for your help! I hope to get my babies planted out this week.

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